Way back in the early 80’s, colour photography was introduced to India. I still cannot forget the excitement and demand it created among the photographers and the public. Studios in India added ‘Colour’ in front of their existing name like – ‘Raja Colour Photo Studio’. Photographers waited for months to get their rolls developed and printed. I still remember that I used to send my rolls to Kodak, Bombay (now it is Mumbai) and wait for at least a fortnight. The development in the colour imaging technology has now reached a different level.
Despite the ‘information and details’ given by colour photography, there is always something missing in it. It is undoubtedly the ‘feel or the emotion’, which is the power of ‘Black & White photography always. Don’t you think that whenever you wanted to communicate emotions in a subject, colour really takes it away by its power of attraction?
Though not in most other subjects, people and portrait shots deserve to be shot in B & W as they are truly powerful in expressing the emotional content of the subject.
But for me, B & W photos are very special because they are not true to life. The reason being their ‘default creativity.’ When you are trying to express something that is not true to life then, you have a lot of scope for imagination and creativity. May be that is what made the ace photographer Ansel Adams create several black & white landscape shots. How can a B & W landscape shot be true to life? But, they were truly beautiful and undoubtedly artistic. That is one of the reasons why B & W pictures take the lion’s share in the photo exhibitions, competitions and art galleries.
Enjoy artistic photography….! Learn to see the world in a different way…. the B & W way!
A photographer does not operate a camera to merely take pictures. Photographic work is always personal. A photograph reveals the photographer.